So far, the Qatar Red Crescent Society’s (QRCS) medical convoy has treated 7,720 people with eye illness and conducted 246 procedures that have helped to eliminate blindness in two of Sudan’s states.
Project implementation is coordinated by the QRCS representation office in Sudan along with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Al Basar International Foundation, and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC). The project initiative is being implemented in collaboration with Sudan’s health authorities.
The organization plans to provide free medical examinations, optical operations, and spectacles to 8,000 patients in Khartoum and Gezira via two eye treatment camps.
The fourth and fifth days of the medical eye treatment convoy saw 135 cataract and glaucoma procedures and operations performed in the Makkah Eye Complex hospitals located in Omdurman and Al Kalakla (Khartoum) and 2,300 general medical consultations performed in the Al Kamar Al Jalayin district, which is in Gezira, in addition to the distribution of eyeglasses & medications to patients.
The convoy’s patients ranged from ten to eighty years of age. The Makkah Eye Complex hospitals and Wad Madani (Gezira) in Khartoum conducted 111 cataract and glaucoma procedures on days 6 and 7 of the campaign. Some 1,801 health consultations were also conducted at Al Hilaliya, the Makkah Hospital, and Wad Madani (Gezira), as well as eyeglasses and medications, were given away free of charge to the patients.
Besides the medical interventions, the medical delegation and QRCS officials in Sudan also met with the staff at the Al Awlidain Charitable Specialized Eye Facility in Omdurman (Khartoum) to assess their needs. This facility provides medical services to a large population spread over a broad geography.
A pace of 700-800 patients per day is maintained for all states, especially the western states of Darfur and Kordofan, with 45 expert doctors and 40 assistant specialists serving them. In collaboration with the Sudan Medical Specialization Board (SMSB), the QRCS office organized a seminar on postgraduate ophthalmology curricula that was attended by a large number of doctors and assistant ophthalmologists.